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Feb 11th


Help Sabathani win dream makeover

Help Sabathani win dream makeoverHelp Sabathani Community Center win a $50,000 building makeover by simply going to your computer and logging on to, then vote for Sabathani as your favorite community house.

Sabathani is in the running with 9 other community centers across the country to win the makeover of their dream. The five community houses that receive the most votes between now and June 17th will receive a $50,000 makeover.

Peers honor Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds

Peers honor Professor Nekima Levy-PoundsProfessor Nekima Levy-Pounds from University of St. Thomas (Minn) has won this year's Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award announced The Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. Professor Levy-Pounds is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, were she has taught since 2003.

Levy-Pound’s commitment to teaching and achieving social justice is best exemplified by her vision in founding the Community Justice Project (CJP), an award winning civil rights clinic.  The University of St. Thomas School of Law website describes the CJP as follows:

It’s Your Affair presents The Big Hat Luncheon

It’s Your Affair presents The Big Hat LuncheonOn May 21, 2011, It’s Your Affair will host an annual charitable event, The Big Hat Luncheon. The purpose of this event is to enrich the lives of women and girls and provide attendees with a memorable experience and information that is valuable to life’s journey.

The theme of The Big Hat Luncheon is “Giving Back to our Youth: Providing Young Ladies with Building Blocks for the Future.” The keynote speaker is Neda Kellogg, Founder and CEO of Project DIVA. Project DIVA provides coaching and consulting services to young ladies in the Twin Cities area with the goal of inspiring and motivating them to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts

Community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courtsJudge Pamela Alexander convenes a community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Wednesday evening May 18th, 2011 at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis Minnesota. 

Alexander, former  Assistant Chief Judge at Hennepin County District Court., is president of the Council on Crime and Justice, which is sponsoring the dialogue in cooperation with The Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee.

Event organizers say the community dialogue invites residents and stakeholders to “let your voice be heard by providing insights, perceptions, and experiences as the Justice System aims to best fulfill their mission of providing equal access and justice under the law for the citizens of Hennepin County.”

Doors open at Northside Women’s Space

Doors open at Northside Women’s Space“At Kwanzaa we share our stories, we’re called to make the world a better place. You can preach to people or you can help people, we are Christians doing Christ’s work,” said Deborah Isabelle a 3M employee and Clerk of Session at Kwanzaa Church Tuesday night, April 26, 2011. She was one of the many church members who joined community members, advocates, and sponsors at the open house of Northside Women’s Space. Kwanzaa Church in North Minneapolis is transforming their place of worship into a safe space for women and girls who are in the business of prostitution.

Franconia Sculpture Park expands to Northeast Minneapolis

Franconia Sculpture Park expands to Northeast MinneapolisFranconia Sculpture Park—a well-loved destination for day-trippers and artists alike—experiences a spring renewal each year, as new artists arrive at the park to make sculpture, staff prepare the grounds, and the number of visitors increases. This year, Franconia is also adding a new dimension to its public offerings as it inaugurates “Franconia in the City @ Casket,” its satellite sculpture park in Northeast Minneapolis. Three large sculptures by local artists Amy Toscani, Aaron Dysart, and Andrew McGuffie will be installed there.

Governor Mark Dayton unveils administration’s focus on jobs

Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." Thomas Edison often said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it looks like work.” Noted wealth creation author of Rich Dad-Poor Dad fame, Robert Kiyosaki, shares that “inside every problem is opportunity.”
Clearly, Governor Mark Dayton is focused on reaching solutions and harnessing opportunity in spite of perceived problems for African Americans in Minneapolis. On March 30th at the Twin Cities Economic Summit Governor Dayton listened to community needs and swiftly responded with feedback detailing opportunities for improvement that can sow seeds of sustainable Job growth in our state.  For this the governor should be applauded. I am also appreciative of the leadership that made this summit possible provided by Representatives Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden, and Rev. Jerry McAfee and the summit organizers.  A review of the Governor’s April 8th Twin Cities Economic Summit Report outlines his intentional actions designed to seize opportunity and make it work.
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